You’ve Been Served… a Night of Monday Trivia!

With the Capitals finishing off the Columbus Blue Jackets, a few of our venues took the night off to join in on the celebration.  Across the board, we welcomed 65 teams across eight venues:


Monday’s first round began quite smoothly, with most of the field rolling through questions regarding anesthetic and this classic cartoon character:

Mighty Mouse

With dozens of teams on their way to a perfect first round score, we closed the opening stanza with a diabolical bonus question.  While most teams knew that the “Golden Spike” which completed the first Transcontinental Railroad was located in Utah (check out its state quarter), we awarded two bonus points to any team that could also name the university founder who drove that spike.  While most teams answered Brigham Young, the correct answer in this case was industrialist Leland Stanford.  With just three teams answering correctly, Morgan Station (Morgan Inn) recorded the only perfect first round score on Monday night.


Monday’s audio question featured a little karaoke music before moving on to this question about beer:

–> At just 55 calories per bottle, the beer brand Select 55 dubs itself as “The Lightest Beer in the World”.  Which brewer sells Select 55?

As the most difficult wagering question of the first half, only 31% of our teams earned points here with the correct answer of Budweiser:


We closed the first half by asking this question which reaffirmed the fact that every great trivia team excels at knowing its national capitals:

–> The cities of Asmara, Tailinn, and Malabo are all national capitals in countries whose names begin with which letter of the alphabet?

Just under half of our teams answered correctly with the letter E, with about half of those tacking on bonus points by knowing that those three cities are the respective capitals of Eritrea, Estonia, Equatorial Guinea.  The only two perfect scores recorded in the second round came from Cheesetique, as Kitten Mittens and Not Last each recorded 36 points in this frame.


Celebrity mugshots were the theme of Monday’s halftime page, which saw an overall average score of 17.4 points, with 22% of the field earning the full 20 points.  Here are your top Monday scores after the halftime page:


Monday’s second half began with our nightly Three Clues question, which enticed numerous wrong answers after these two clues had been read:

CLUE 1: This celebrity was married twice: to Olga Khokhlova and to Jacqueline Roque.

CLUE 2: His last name is mentioned in the lyrics of the Counting Crows song “Mr. Jones”.

Yes, Bob Dylan is mentioned in the lyrics, but those were not his wives.  Only six teams earned these two bonus points with the correct response of Pablo Picasso.  Later, we enjoyed a quick nip of sarsaparilla and discussed the return of this video game character:


Carmen Sandiego

Thanks to the opening question of the half, the only perfect third round score was turned in by Need More Trash Culture (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle).


Monday’s final round began with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> With the recent passing of Milos Forman, only two living men have directed multiple Best Picture Oscar winners.  For your wager, name either one of these film directors.

Both Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg were expected to be popular (wrong) answers, but we did not expect such a high level of confidence in these incorrect responses.  More than one-third of our teams lost out on either seven or nine points on this question.  Instead, the correct answers we were looking for were Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby”) and Francis Ford Coppola (both of the first two “Godfather” films).  Later, we looked at the upcoming NFL Draft and these two celebrities who share the same name:

Al Green

With just four teams picking up bonus points on the opening film question, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (54.7% success rate):

–> Which term associated with criminal law means ‘under penalty’ in Latin?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with subpoena.  Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) and I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), who were the only teams to score the Perfect 21 on Monday night by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


Berkeley Springs Bowl in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Gryffindorks  (Next week’s first category: “How to Get Away with Murder”)

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Collard Greens  (Next week’s first category: Frank Oz)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “My Cousin Vinny”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dangerous Curves  (Next week’s first category: Simon & Garfunkel – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: European Geography)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Famous Organ Transplants)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category:  Greek Mythology)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Duck Soup”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Need More Trash Culture  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! **   (Next week’s first category: 1983 NFL Draft)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Next week’s first category: Houston Rockets)